@No Worries wrote:
RTS, SKD, Watson, Carter, Evans, Guerrera - not to mention the SBW money they had set aside just in case.
RTS, SKD & Watson cover Tedddy, Carter, Evans & Guerrera cover the minimum wages to get to 25 and SBW is a straight swap for Cronk.
I think this is tongue in cheek ala "we still have the Darren Lockyer money left over" isn't it?
RTS left after 2015. Carter would be on not much more than minimum contract if at all given his history and baggage. Watson and Evans were good players but probably coming off contracts they signed when under 20 players, so not that high. SKD would have been on reasonable money, but not overly high as a winger. Guerra is a regular rep player, but wouldn't be really high you'd imagine.
I doubt there'd be much left aside for SBW. If there was, coming second when a mill under the salary cap is astounding. Gordon & Fergo & JWH might be on smaller contracts, but you'd imagine if true that wouldn't do much more than offsetting Mitchell, Napa's etc upgrade.
One of the articles I read even suggests that they will no longer be paying any of Jackson Hasting's contract in 2018. As if that is going to be significant in signing a duel Dally M medalist and reigning test half.
I get this might come across as pot calling the kettle black when I'm a Broncos supporter, but when it comes to salary caps and signings, aren't you looking at player turnover and growth from junior ranks that you can normally keep a bit cheaper than poaching them? Getting 3 minor premierships in a row in 2013-15 with a pretty small player turnover is a bit of a red flag for me. Look at the other team that won 3 minor premierships in a row in the salary cap era...